Agatha Christie
Daphne du Maurier
Owen Nares
John Gielgud
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Celia Johnson
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David Lean
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Margaret Rutherford

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Margaret Rutherford

English character actress, who first came to prominence following World War II in the film adaptations of No add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1892.

Countries: United Kingdom (84%), United States (8%), France (4%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Agatha Christie, Daphne du Maurier, Owen Nares

Linked to: Oxford University Press, The School for Scandal, Wimbledon High School, Labour Party




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Margaret Rutherford was born in 1892 add something


His continued mental illness resulted in his being confined once more to Broadmoor in 1904 add something


Rutherford worked as a teacher of elocution and went into acting later in life, making her stage debut at the Old Vic in 1925, aged 33 add something


Rutherford made her first appearance in London's West End in 1933 but her talent was not recognised by the critics until her performance as Miss Prism in the play "The Importance of Being Earnest" at the Globe Theatre in 1939 add something


Although she made her film debut in 1936, it would be Rutherford's turn as Madame Arcati in David Lean's film of "Blithe Spirit" that would actually establish her screen success add something


Jane Baxter - She had further success in London in 1937 with "George and Margaret" which ran for two years and in 1947 she co-starred on Broadway with John Gielgud and Margaret Rutherford in "The Importance of Being Earnest", in which she played Cicely Cardew


Totally against type, she played the sinister housekeeper Mrs Danvers in Daphne du Maurier's "Rebecca" at the Queen's Theatre in 1940 add something


Daphne du Maurier - Her first was a successful adaptation of her novel "Rebecca", which opened at the Queen's Theatre in London on 5 March 1940 in a production by George Devine, starring Celia Johnson and Owen Nares as the De Winters and Margaret Rutherford as Mrs. Danvers


In 1941 Noël Coward's "Blithe Spirit" opened on the London stage at the Piccadilly Theatre, with Coward himself directing add something


Rutherford married character actor Stringer Davis in 1945 and the couple appeared in many productions together add something


Kay Hammond - She reprised her role in the 1945 film version opposite Rex Harrison, Margaret Rutherford and Constance Cummings


And Then There Were None - The first cinema adaptation was René Clair's successful 1945 US production in 1945, followed in 1965 by George Pollock's second cinema adaptation; Pollock had previously handled four Miss Marple films starring Margaret Rutherford


Her post-war theatre credits included Miss Prism in "The Importance of Being Earnest" again at the Haymarket Theatre in 1946 and Lady Bracknell when the same play transferred to New York in 1947 add something


She played an officious headmistress in "The Happiest Days of Your Life" at the Apollo Theatre in 1948 and such classical roles as Madame Desmortes in "Ring Round the Moon" , Lady Wishfort in "The Way of the World" and Mrs Candour in "The School for Scandal" add something


In the 1950s, Rutherford and Davis unofficially adopted the writer Gordon Langley Hall, in his twenties add something


Joyce Grenfell - During the 1950s she made her name as a sidekick to such comedy greats as Alastair Sim and Margaret Rutherford in films such as "The Happiest Days of Your Life" and the St Trinian's series


Noel Streatfeild - "Aunt Clara" was filmed in 1954 with Margaret Rutherford in the title role


But Christie reportedly did not approve of the 1960s films as they portrayed Marple as a comedy character and were not faithful to the original plots add something


In the early 1960s she became synonymous with Miss Jane Marple in a series of four films loosely based on the novels of Agatha Christie add something


She is probably best known for her 1960s performances as Miss Marple in several films based loosely on Agatha Christie's novels add something


Rutherford was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1961 and a Dame Commander in 1967 add something


In 1963 Rutherford was awarded an Academy award and Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actress for her performance as the absent-minded, impoverished, pill-popping Duchess of Brighton, the only light relief, in Terence Rattigan's "The V.I.P.s", a film featuring a star-studded cast led by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton add something


In 1963 she won the best supporting actress Oscar as The Duchess of Brighton in "The VIPs add something


Rutherford reprised the role of Miss Marple very briefly for a 30 second uncredited cameo appearance in the 1965 film The Alphabet Murders add something


Her final stage performance came in 1966 when she played Mrs Malaprop in "The Rivals" at the Haymarket Theatre, alongside Sir Ralph Richardson add something


They were happily together until Rutherford's death in 1972 add something

Margaret Rutherford died in 1972 add something


Davis cared for his wife devotedly at their Buckinghamshire home but she died on 22 May 1972, aged 80 add something


Hall later had gender reassignment surgery and became Dawn Langley Simmons, under which name she wrote a biography of Rutherford in 1983 add something


"Without Walls" TV Series 5 October 1993 add something


Damaris Hayman - In a radio programme on Margaret Rutherford at the end of 2012 it was stated that Hayman acted as a stand-in for the actress